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Awareness of Human Rights and Responsibility

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Training on human rights and responsibilities for better integration of Burmese refugees.
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Most Burmese refugees have some awareness of their human rights, but they do not know about their duties and responsibilities in this area. With this project, GDN will teach Burmese refugees and migrant workers about their responsibilties in order to: improve relations between them and the local people in Mizoram; increase their security; and help them better integrate into Indian society. We will carry out three training workshops in Aizawl, Mizoram.

You can contribute to this project by helping cover the costs for conducting the training workshops (renting the venue, honoraria for trainers, printing and supplies).

Additional Information

Name of Organization Grassroot Development Network
About the Organisation

The Grassroots Development Network was formed in 2008 under the Mizoram Firms and Society Act 2005 by labourers and refugees from Mizoram. Its goal is to promote human rights and womens’s rights, as well as self-reliance among grassroots communities, and it serves the Burmese refugee and migrant worker population in Mizoram state. GDN has been able to offer refugees free legal aid and health care from the Mizoram government; has opened a shelter for women victims of violence; and has run awareness training on human rights, women's rights, and children's rights.

Its partners include the Human Rights Law Network, Burma Centre Prague, and the Foundation for Social Transformation.

The applicant successfully completed a microproject in 2010.

Total Costs INR 21,000 (approx. CZK 8,000)
Amount for sponsorship CZK 8,000
Total Number of Shares 16
Location Aizawl, Mizoram
Timeframe August - September 2011
Progress Update
  • August/September: Preparations were begun for holding training to raise awareness among Burmese refugees and migrants of their human rights and responsibilities. Other topics include peacebuiding with the local community. GDN contacted various local organizations to invite participants to the training and all expressed interest in attending. The training will be held in several localities near Aizawl city in Mizoram that have a large Burmese refugee/migrant population.
  • October: The first awareness raising session was held on October 1, for a total of 30 participants. The training lasted three hours and covered such topics as the definition of human rights, the value of a human being, and social structure, as well as leading a dignified life and proper personal conduct. The participants were very interested in the topics and were active in follow-up discussions; the post-training feedback was extremely positive. The training will improve communication between refugees and the local population.


A total of three one-day training sessions were held on October 1 (in Sihhmui area), October 9 (in Zuangtui area), and October 30 (in Luangmual area). A total of 90 people attended the training sessions. Many villagers could not attend because they had to work in the fields, but those who attended said they would pass on what they learned.

The topics covered in the training included an introduction to human rights, individuals' responsibilities, as well as social structure and the value of human beings. Participants also raised questions about labour rights, how to integrate with the local community, and how to deal with racial discrimination.

Words from the Microgrant Recipient

"There is a need and requirement for Awareness on various issue in and around and it would be highly beneficial in such Awareness programme could continue to have a follow up programme in Refugees community, I hope that it could be transform our lives.

Personally, even for myself, this Awareness rejuvenated my thinking and made me see new challenges."


1. First training in Sihhmui.

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2. Second training in Zuangtui.

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3. Third training in Luangmual.

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